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Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases

Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases 

An Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday.

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Hogan releases new video on Chesapeake Bay

Hogan releases new video on Chesapeake Bay

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan doubled down on his efforts to seize the issue of the environment from Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown Tuesday, releasing a video in which he criticizes the O'Malley-Brown administration's efforts to...

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UM study warns of health impacts from fracking

UM study warns of health impacts from fracking 

A University of Maryland study warns that without adequate safeguards, drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing could harm the health of residents, workers and communities in Western Maryland.

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Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore

Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore 

A voracious Asian beetle that's killed millions of ash trees across North America has finally been spotted in Baltimore, posing a costly and difficult challenge for a city that stands to lose more than 200,000 of its most common trees to the exotic pest's onslaught. It could denude blocks lined with ash and cost the city millions of dollars to remove dead or dying trees from public lands, while homeowners may be forced to pay hundreds or even thousands to treat or replace their vulnerable trees.

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Baltimore City reports massive sewage spills

Baltimore City reports massive sewage spills

More than three million gallons of raw but diluted sewage spilled into the Patapsco River and Jones Falls during and after Tuesday's near-record downpour, city officials reported Friday.

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Green on the upswing as eco-friendly home building goes mainstream

Green on the upswing as eco-friendly home building goes mainstream 

At first, Baldwin Homes didn't build green. Then it dipped its corporate toe in — one home here, another there.

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Protesters question city water system study

Protesters question city water system study

About 50 protesters rallied Wednesday outside Baltimore City Hall to object to a proposed study of the water system, a step they fear could eventually put the system in private hands.

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Up to 100 gallons of diesel spilled into harbor at Bond Street Wharf

Up to 100 gallons of diesel spilled into harbor at Bond Street Wharf

About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a rooftop generator at Bond Street Wharf into the Fells Point harbor Sunday, Maryland environmental officials said.

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Cove Point zoning exemption overturned

Cove Point zoning exemption overturned

A Calvert County circuit judge has overturned the Southern Maryland county's decision to exempt the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility from local zoning regulations. It's not clear, however, whether the decision affects plans for the $3.4 billion project.

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DNR gets OK to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder Park

DNR gets OK to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder Park

Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of Little Gunpowder Falls.

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Pollution cuts ordered for coastal bays

Pollution cuts ordered for coastal bays

Federal regulators approved new pollution limits Monday for Maryland's coastal bays aimed at restoring water quality in the shallow lagoons that serve both as playground for Ocean City vacationers and vital habitat for fish and wildlife.

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Deep-sea coral protections eyed

Deep-sea coral protections eyed

A federal council took a preliminary step Monday toward protecting deep-sea corals off Maryland and the rest of the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Scientists exploring offshore canyons for Atlantic deep-sea corals

Scientists exploring offshore canyons for Atlantic deep-sea corals 

Seventy miles off Ocean City, scientists aboard the federal research vessel Henry B. Bigelow are exploring a lush underwater landscape that until recently few would have imagined — colorful corals clinging to the rocky slopes of deep-sea canyons.

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Annapolis orders revisions to Crystal Spring conservation plans

Annapolis orders revisions to Crystal Spring conservation plans

Developers of a large senior living complex in Annapolis have more work to do before their proposal can gain preliminary environmental approval from city officials.

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Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant cited for safety issue

Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant cited for safety issue

The operators of Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have been cited for a miscalculation that federal safety inspectors said might have triggered an unnecessary evacuation or other emergency response to an insignificant radiation leak.

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Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae

Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae

The crisis may have eased in Toledo, but the toxic algae in Lake Erie that contaminated the water supply for 500,000 people in Ohio continues to plague lakes and rivers across the country, including here in Maryland.

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Sierra Club endorses Brown

Sierra Club endorses Brown

One of Maryland's largest environmental groups on Wednesday threw its support behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the race for governor, Brown's campaign announced.

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Farming the 'king of the ocean'

Farming the 'king of the ocean' 

The dark specks swirling around in big water-filled tanks at the Columbus Center hardly look like fish, much less the kings of the ocean.

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Watershed project under way at stormwater pond in Ellicott City

Watershed project under way at stormwater pond in Ellicott City

Howard County's Watershed Protection and Restoration Program is launching a project to repair a stormwater pond on Old Mill Road in the vicinity of Millwick Drive in Ellicott City. The project will include replacement of the pond's metal principal spillway with a new concrete spillway.

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Some Md. lawmakers oppose seismic testing

Some Md. lawmakers oppose seismic testing

Eight Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation wrote President Obama Monday urging him to reconsider his administration's plan to allow seismic testing for oil and gas off the mid-Atlantic coast.

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'Code Orange' air quality forecast Tuesday

'Code Orange' air quality forecast Tuesday

Poor air quality, at levels hazardous to children and the elderly, is forecast in the Baltimore area Tuesday, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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Mikulski language would halt Pax River wind farm

Mikulski language would halt Pax River wind farm

WASHINGTON -- Citing "very serious" concerns about the project's impact on Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski included language in a military spending bill that would delay the construction of a massive wind farm on the Eastern Shore.

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Two watermen plead guilty in striped bass poaching case

Two watermen plead guilty in striped bass poaching case 

A fish poaching case that began in February 2011 with a discovery of mysterious, illegally set nets full of tens of thousands of pounds of striped bass off Kent Island is finally coming to a close.

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Caterpillar species intercepted at BWI airport in leaves carried by Jamaica passenger

Caterpillar species intercepted at BWI airport in leaves carried by Jamaica passenger

A caterpillar species never before seen in the Baltimore area and considered a potential threat to local agriculture production was intercepted at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said Friday.

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43K gallons of sewage spilled into Baltimore stream for 2 weeks

43K gallons of sewage spilled into Baltimore stream for 2 weeks

For more than two weeks, 43,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Gwynns Falls stream through a broken sewer line.

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Manure-burning power plant in limbo

Manure-burning power plant in limbo 

The project seemed simple enough — build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy industry

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Coalition brings solar energy co-ops to Baltimore area

Coalition brings solar energy co-ops to Baltimore area

Amanda Kilian finds the idea of installing solar panels on the roof of her house intriguing. She likes the notion of saving money on her electricity bill. She appreciates using a renewable energy source like the sun. But, she wants to find out more.

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Calvert Cliffs unit powers down

Calvert Cliffs unit powers down

Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Lusby powered down one of its two generating units Thursday night after a leak was discovered in the coolant system keeping the pressurized water reactor from overheating, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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